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Make Your Reservation for The Good Table: Turning One Meal Into Many
Make Your Reservation for The Good Table: Turning One Meal Into Many

One night. One meal. Thousands of lives.

Lanakila Pacific and Honorary Event Chair, Chef Alan Wong, are excited to announce that the public may now purchase a one-of-a-kind table offering a memorable dining experience during The Good Table, a benefit for Lanakila Meals on Wheels, Hawaii’s largest and only islandwide meal provider to homebound kupuna. Presented by Hawaii Government Employees Association & Island Insurance Companies, the event offers tables for sale through September 23 at www.thegoodtable.org or by calling 531-0555.

“Following the generous community support we received last year, we are excited to bring our signature fundraising event to the public once again,” said Marian Tsuji, president and CEO of Lanakila Pacific. “With a weakened economy and one of the fastest growing senior populations in the nation, our kupuna really need our help. The Good Table truly turns one great meal into many for Hawaii’s elderly in need.”

Back for its third year, The Good Table is a unique synchronized dining event scheduled for Thursday, October 6 at 6 p.m. at more than 50 of Oahu’s most popular dining establishments. Select restaurants, ranging from casual eateries to the island’s most recognizable fine dining establishments, will serve a special feast for pre-purchased tables at their respective restaurants. Proceeds from the purchased tables directly support Lanakila Meals on Wheels to provide meals and support for Hawaii’s elderly in need.

This year, participating locations include Alan Wong’s, 12th Avenue Grill, 3660 on the Rise, Beachhouse at the Moana, Big City Diner (islandwide), Blu Water Grill, Bubba Gump Restaurant & Mai Tai Bar, Café Laufer, California Pizza Kitchen, Dixie Grill, Doraku, Henry Loui’s, Haili’s, Hukilau, Kai Market, Kaiwa, Le Bistro, Michel’s, Murphy’s, Nobu Waikiki, Ola at Turtle Bay, On On at McCully, Orchids at Halekulani, The Pacific Club, Pagoda, Roy’s Waikiki, Sam Choy’s BLC, Side Street Inn, Tango’s, Vino, and Zippy’s (islandwide), among others. Diners purchase tables in pre-designated categories and are notified in late September of their restaurant selection through a drawing, once table sales are closed. For an additional donation, diners also have the option to select a specific restaurant and not be placed in the drawing. Tables are grouped into categories and range in price from $200 to $500 for tables of four, and from $900 to $2,500 for tables of six.

New this year, Lanakila Kitchen will be offering Garden Gourmet Picnic Table Packages for four that includes everything from the tablecloth and napkins to a keepsake picnic basket. For a donation of $300, the packages will be available for curbside pick-up on October 6, for those who prefer take-out.

The Good Table is a wonderful way for both Oahu’s dining establishments and the public to come together to raise much needed awareness and donations to help Hawaii’s kupuna get the care and nutrition they need,” said Honorary Chair Chef Alan Wong. “We’ve developed some new ways for the public to participate this year and are looking forward to surpassing the amount raised in 2010.”

In 2010, proceeds from pre-purchased tables, sponsorships and direct donations provided more than 20,000 meals to seniors in need. For this year’s patrons, the difference between the donation from the table purchase and retail value of meals is tax deductible to the full extent allowable by law.

To purchase a table, view a complete list of participating restaurants, or learn more visit www.thegoodtable.org or call 531-0555.

A program of Lanakila Pacific, Lanakila Meals on Wheels started in 1971, and is today Hawaii’s largest and only islandwide meal provider for seniors.  Lanakila Kitchen is a social enterprise of Lanakila Pacific that provides meal services for schools, and sandwiches and baked goods for meetings and gifts.  All proceeds from Lanakila Kitchen fund Lanakila Meals on Wheels.   Founded in 1939, Lanakila Pacific is a unique Hawaii-based, non-profit organization that serves thousands of Oahu residents annually with programs that build life skills, which in turn support the greater community.

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